About Survivingbreastcancer.org

Our Mission

 

The mission of SurvivingBreastCancer.org (SBC), a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to empower those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families from day one and beyond. SBC serves as an educational and virtual community platform- offering support from meeting patients and their families where they are on the continuum of a cancer diagnosis. SBC incorporates an integrative and collaborative approach to breast cancer, from risk reduction strategies and prevention, to treatment, survivorship, living with a terminal diagnosis,  navigating end of life, and beyond. 

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We define survivors as anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; you are surviving! 

SBC Is A Complement To Your Care

 

SBC achieves our mission through three main pillars:

·     Programming and support services

·     Education and information dissemination 

·     Community engagement and connection

 

Who We Serve

 

Breast cancer does not just affect the patient; it affects everyone around them. That is why we develop comprehensive programs, services, and education to meet the needs of:

 

  • Those diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Those living with metastatic breast cancer

  • Spouses, families, and children caring for a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Spouses, families, and children who have lost a loved one to breast cancer

 

 

Our Core Values

We believe in collaboration.

We care about our community.

We engage in win-win partnerships that bring value and have impact.

We lead with integrity and serve with compassion and empathy.

We put people first and treat everyone with dignity and respect. 

Our Partners and Allies

 

SBC partners with patient advocates, medical oncologists, physicians, and experts in the field, as well as corporations and organizations, to offer the best education, support, and community resources so that we can execute our mission.

Board of Directors

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Laura Carfang, M.A., Ed.D. 

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William Laferriere, MBA

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Kathleen Boyle, Ph.D. 

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Meghann Sweeney, J.D. 

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Anthony Carfang, MBA

Abigail Johnston, J.D.

Medical Advisory Board

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Dr. Amy Comander, MD

Dr. Amy Comander is Director of Breast Oncology and Cancer Survivorship at the Mass General Center in Waltham and at Newton-Wellesley. She is also co-director of the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham. Dr. Comander is well-known for her compassionate care and devotion to her patients.   She is dedicated to improving the quality of life and outcome of her patients through lifestyle interventions. In addition to her expertise in hematology/oncology, Dr. Comander has also pursued board certification in Lifestyle Medicine, and she has launched “PAVING the Path to Wellness Program,” a 12 week lifestyle medicine based survivorship program for women with breast cancer. She is an avid runner, and she is thrilled to run her eight consecutive Boston Marathon this year to support individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dr. Sandra Naaman

Dr. Sandra Naaman, MD, Ph.D., CCD, NCMP

Dr Naaman’s is a board certified internist with expertise in women’s health and cancer survivorship. Prior to joining an Endocrinology fellowship, she directed a breast cancer survivorship clinic which addressed all aspects of late and long term effects of cancer treatments including cardiometabolic health, bone disease, and menopause.  Dr Naaman developed a CME-accredited Women’s Health
curriculum,  based out of the University of Chicago, which provides training and support to community physicians using a risk-based approach to breast, bone, heart and gynecological health for high risk populations. By educating community primary care providers to deliver
state of the art care, the curriculum reduces barriers to care access. Dr. Naaman is an avid traveler and aficionado of French impressionist art.

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Dr. Jandie Schwartz, DO

Dr. Jandie Schwartz is a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and is a board-certified surgeon. She received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Inspira Health Network in Vineland, New Jersey where she served as Chief Resident. She has a keen interest in community education and support. She is the founder and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Book Club. Dr. Schwartz is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

The Team

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Laura Carfang, M.A., Ed.D.,

Executive Director 

Desiree LeRoy,

Executive Assistant

Heather Loo

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Sanjana Roy

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Cassandra Kocek

Hanah Kurosawa

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Kyla Thompson

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